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Indian armed forces prepare for winter deployments at LAC as talks with China yield no results

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New Delhi: As talks between India and China over the Ladakh border have yielded no results so far, the Indian army is preparing for the winter deployment of its forces personnel in the region.

Despite talks on disengagement of armed forces personnel, both the countries have not let their “guards down” at the border areas.

About 50,000 armed forces personnel backed by tanks and other defence assets from both the sides are involved at the border in Ladakh

According to a report by a Delhi based newspaper Indian Express, a top official said that it has been decided that how many armed forces personnel are required and if they need to be assigned certain important places even during winters.

The report added that climatic condition won’t make it feasible for the armed forces personnel to occupy the heights they currently do, the numbers may be lessened.

Quoting official, the report said that distance between the Chinese base and their positions on the heights of the Pangong Tso north bank is a lot than what the armed forces of India have to cover which further makes the PLA positions untenable.

Indian armed forces personnel have readjusted positions on the north bank, the report said.

However, both the countries have decided to resolve the tensions through talks. Following the talks held in Moscow, the military commanders of India and China have scheduled the next level of talks on September 21.

Quoting government officials, a report by The Hindu said that Chinese armed forces personnel have “blocked at least 10 patrolling points” along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)in eastern Ladakh.

Earlier, the Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh also informed Rajya Sabha that face-offs with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) happened because “patrols were interrupted.”

 

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